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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB Edition Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 92% 103%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 76% 86%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 70% 80%
FIFA 21 3% 2%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 70% 80%
Watch Dogs Legion 86% 96%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 176% 191%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 82% 92%
Grand Theft Auto VI 171% 186%
Genshin Impact 92% 103%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition.

The HD 7870 has a 144 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 660 Ti, but the GTX 660 Ti has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7870. As a result, the GTX 660 Ti exhibits a 20.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 7870. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 7870 has a 144 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 660 Ti. This results in the HD 7870 providing 12.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 7870 was released less than a year after the GTX 660 Ti, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 660 Ti has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 7870, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 7870 has 15.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 660 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7870 is slightly better than the GTX 660 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB Edition has 1344 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 660 Ti is 1457 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7870 is 1251. The GTX 660 Ti having 206 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 7870 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 660 Ti and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 7870. The HD 7870 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GTX 660 Ti. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7870 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 660 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1006 MHzvs1150 MHz
Boost Clock1084 MHzvs-
ArchitectureKepler GK104-300-KD-A2GCN 1.0 Pitcairn XT
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Good
Release Date01 Aug 2012vs01 Sep 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
9.7
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9.5
1920x1080
7.7
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7.5
2560x1440
5.6
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5.5
3840x2160
3.9
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3.9

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth144.2GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 384 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1344vs1280
Actual Shader Performance70%vs60%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs80
Texture Rate112.7 GTexel/svs92 GTexel/s
Render Output Units24vs32
Pixel Rate24.1 GPixel/svs36.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Watts-
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 24 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB Edition is a special edition of GeForce GTX 660 Ti.
The new features include a custom dual fan cooler with quad nickel-plated head pipes which should more effective than the standard/reference cooler. In terms of overclocking, the base-clock was increased from 915MHz to 1006MHz and the boost clock can now reach 1084MHz, instead of 980MHz. The memory clock was left untouched but the frame buffer was increased to 3GB which actually reduces the overall performance due to the 192-bit bus width not being to handle the 3GB efficiently.
The overclocking is relevant and benchmarks indicate the performance boost is around 3% when compared to standard GeForce GTX 660 Ti.
Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Vortex II Edition is a special edition of Radeon HD 7870.
This is one of today's most powerful editions of the reference as it features increases in both the core and memory clocks that went from 1000MHz to 1150MHz and from 1200MHz to 1250MHz.
Benchmarks indicate the performance boost is quite extreme and around 8% when compared to the reference Radeon HD 7870.
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